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State Department issues guidance on issuing visas for less than full reciprocity period

  1. Date Announced

    Jan. 26, 2018

    The State Department revises the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) to emphasize that consular officers should make a case-by-case determination on whether to issue a visa for less than the full period of time (or the full number of admissions) specified in the reciprocity table. The guidance suggests that issuing a visa for a shorter period might be appropriate when the applicant's immediate bona fides are not in question but their longer-term eligibility is less clear. [ID #707]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Jan. 26, 2018
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Non-Immigrant Visas
Agencies Affected: Bureau of Consular Affairs

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